What todo if my bous wastaken away because I reported discrimination against me?

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What todo if my bous wastaken away because I reported discrimination against me?

I’m the only Asian working in the department. I was bullied and discriminated by my seniors. I filed a report with management and then realized that my quarterly performance bonus was taken away as a result. I have working there for 3 years and have been getting a 100% performance bonus every quarter. I feel helpless and frustrated. FYI the quarterly bonus is based on merit and not entitlement and my superior has sole discretion on this.

Asked on April 23, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Job discrimination, on the basis of race, is illegal in this country. That includes both "concrete," discrimiantion, as in being paid less on account of race, and also less material discrimination, such as facing harassment on account of race. Also, it is illegal to retaliate against an employee for reporting perceived discrimination or making some sort of a complaint about discrimination. Therefore, there appear to be two possible bases for liability from what you write, and it would be well worth your time to meet with an employment attorney (there are attorneys who specialize in representing discriminated or retaliated against employees), who can evaluate your possible claims in detail and then, if appropriate, bring them on your behalf. Good luck.


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